The main guest speaker at the 2nd Ray Phiri Annual Memorial Lecture Announced!


As part of the upcoming 2019 Annual Mbombela Jazz festival, organisers, Harmocept Holdings and Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency are humbled to announce the main guest speaker at the Ray Phiri Memorial Lecture.


Scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 September 2019 hosted at the University of Mpumalanga's Great Hall, audiences can look forward to none other than Prof. PLO Lumumba as he presents the 2nd Ray Phiri Annual Memorial Lecture at 16h00.


With a resume unsurpassed by many in his field, as an Associate Professor of Public Law in possession of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, Prof. PLO Lumumba also holds his Masters of Laws degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. Prof. Lumumba is also a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K) and a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (MKIM). He was the Founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law, a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON), the United States International University (USIU Africa) and Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School).


He is the immediate former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, a former Secretary of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), (Now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)). Prof. Lumumba is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL) and founding Chairman of the Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC). With an honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana he is a renowned legal practitioner and author of several books and articles, and is actively involved in running his Foundation, Law Firm and Pan African activities.


With the intention to pay homage to the legendary Ray Phiri who, throughout his lifetime was acknowledged and awarded for his evocative and significant contribution to the music industry, the annual lecture is a highly anticipated event by academics and admirers akin.


Amongst the various acknowledgements awarded to Mr Ray Phiri, included is the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, which was awarded to him by the President of South Africa. Ray Phiri successfully used the arts as an instrument for social transformation and his band Stimela inspired many artists to play their part in the South African struggle against the oppressive government. He made South Africa proud and placed the country’s music on the world’s top recording charts while giving back to his country so that future generations would go on to live and celebrate his legacy.


Keep a look out for more details and plans for the up and coming 3rd Annual Mbombela Jazz festival as announced by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. With the aims of creating awareness on the impact of Tourism on our daily lives and underpinned by the promotion of inclusivity, this year’s annual Jazz event looks forward to showcasing a mixture of emerging and established artists across different genres. In prelude to the main music festival, the 2nd Ray Phiri Annual Memorial Lecture together with an assortment of other events leading up to the main jazz spectacle, are aimed at promoting the tourism industry and how local communities benefit from bolstering local Mpumalanga tourism.

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